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Taiwan's new Kuomintang leader keeps party on China-friendly track

Choice of Eric Chu as chairman puts KMT at odds with a majority on the island

Eric Chu speaks to the media after winning the chairmanship of Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang in Taipei on Saturday.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang played safe in electing veteran politician Eric Chu as its new leader this weekend, keeping the party on a China-friendly trajectory that is at odds with a majority on the democratic island.

Chu was quickly congratulated by Chinese President Xi Jinping. He replied by reaffirming the so-called 1992 consensus, an agreement between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party that posits China and Taiwan are part of the same country.

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